Week 9 Detmer Award Vote: Case Keenum Is Unanimously No. 1


The back-and-forth race between Case Keenum and Kellen Moore for top honors in the inaugural Detmer Award voting has tilted back to Keenum. Moore’s Boise State Broncos were on bye week, but with nine touchdowns passes Keenum wasn’t going to be topped under any circumstances. It took nine weeks and nine touchdowns, but Keenum is the first unanimous No. 1. Read on to see who else made a splash on the Detmer Award balloting, and please visit the home sites of all the panelists, who do a great job covering the non-automatic qualifiers throughout the week.

Brett Hein, TheUpsetBlog.com

1. Case Keenum, QB Houston — 500+ yards and 9 TD’s. Became all-time TD pass leader. That’s all you need.

2. Case Keenum, QB Houston — He threw 9 effing touchdowns. That deserves more than just standard first-place points.

3. Patrick Edwards, WR Houston — 318 receiving yards and 5 TD in Houston and Keenum’s explosion.

4. Ronnie Hillman, RB San Diego State — 224 rushing yards and 2 TD on 25 carries.

5. Brett Smith, QB Wyoming — 25-36 for 341 yards and 2 TD to lead Wyoming to 5-2 record — most of it done in the first half.

Mike James, Navy Bird Dog

1. Case Keenum, QB, Houston

2. Patrick Edwards, WR, Houston

3. Tyler Smith, RB, Rice

4. Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming

5. Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan


#1 Case Keenum, QB, Houston- The most impressive thing Case Keenum did last week was have a fantastic outing the day before I posted an article I had been working on about him and Kellen Moore. Not only is he a great QB but he has a great sense of timing. Seriously though, 9 TDs and 534 yards? Are you kidding me? I don’t care if it was against Matt Elder State it was the most impressive showing of the weekend.

#2 Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming- How bout them Cowboys? They quietly moved to 5-2 this week by pulling off an upset on the road against San Diego State. Smith was the ringleader as he threw 2 TD passes and ran for 2 TDs. He was also 25/36 for 341 yards which ain’t too shabby.

#3 Ryan Aplin, QB, Arkansas State- I was one of the only guys to vote for Aplin this week so I’m going to do it again until it catches on and becomes a trend. Whoever manages Hugh Freeze’s twitter account re-tweeted one of my articles and dammit, I owe him one. Aplin was 28/42 for 322 yards and 3 TD and also led the team in rushing with 69 yards. Yes, it was just North Texas but Arkansas State is now 6-2 and 4-0 in the Sun Belt.

#4 A.J. Graham- QB, Marshall- In just his third start of his career he tossed 5 TDs and led his team to a 59-14 victory. Not a bad stat line…19/27 239 5 TDs

#5 Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan- He had 9 catches for 172 yds and 2 TD. Could have gone to the entire receiving corps as they had 3 100 receivers in their victory.

Matt Hargelroad, CowboyAltitidue.com

1. Case Keenum – Houston

2. Patrick Edwards – Houston

3. Brett Smith – Wyoming

4. Ronnie Hillman – SDSU

5. Mark Lampford – Nevada

Chad Smith, 7220Report.com

1. Case Keenum QB HOU

2. Patrick Edwards WR HOU

3. Brett Smith QB WYO

4. Willie Carter RB TULSA

5. Alonzo Harris RB ULL

Matt Elder, Crystal Ball Run & BuffaloBillsDraft.com

1. QB Case Keenum-Houston
He threw 9 touchdown passes…let me repeat…HE THREW 9 FRIGGIN TOUCHDOWN PASSES. You’re all lucky I didn’t just declare this race over and say hand him the award right now.

2. WR Patrick Edwards-Houston
Well somebody had to catch all those TD passes and Edwards sure did his part. He only had 7 total catches but when those 7 go for 318 yards and 5 TD’s you tend to get noticed. People are sleeping on this kid about his NFL future. But not me, Edwards has late round gem potential and could be a deadly slot WR at the next level.

3. RB Ronnie Hillman-San Diego State
I feel like I write his name down ever week and for good reason. He’s the best back in the country nobody is talking about. All he did on Saturday was put up yet another 200+ yard day (4th of his career) and yet again score multiple TD’s (2) for the 5thtime this season.

Honorable Mention to RB Jonas Randolph of Division II’s Mars Hill. Jonas rushed for 373 yards on 49 carries Saturday with four touchdowns. That 373 yards is the most of any back thus far this year in a single game and breaks a South Atlantic Conference (SAC) record for the most rushing yards in one game. His 49 carries also set a new SAC single game carry mark and he is also tied his own school record with four rushing TD’s in one game. Many people don’t know about Randolph because Division II gets a lack of coverage. However Randolph deserves to be honored even though he isn’t eligible for this award.

Kevin McGuire, No2MinuteWarning.com, Crystal Ball Run & College Football Examiner

1. Houston QB Case Keenum (duh)

2. San Diego State RB Ronnie Hillman

3. Houston WR Patrick Edwards

4. Western Michigan WR Jordan White

5. Miami (Oh) QB Zac Dysert

Pat Johnston, BigEastCoastBias.com, One-Handed Grab & Founder of The Positive Impact Factor

1t. Case Keenum

1t. Vinny Curry: co number 1s this week. I can’t decide between Keenum’s 9 TDs and Curry’s eight tackles, sack and three forced fumbles which give him 6 on the season to go with 10.5 sacks.

3. Ronnie Hillman

4. Patrick Edwards

5. Jordan White

Zach Bloxham, TheUpsetBlog.com

1. Case Keenum

2. A.J. Graham

3. Willie Carter

4. Brett Smith

5. Alonzo Harris

Kyle Kensing

1. Case Keenum

Case Keenum is making a case to not only win this particular award, but perhaps be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

2. Vinny Curry

Vinny Curry’s outstanding October ended fittingly: eight tackles, three forced fumbles (are you kidding me?!) and a sack in the Herd’s C-USA romp over UAB.

3. Ronnie Hillman

Don’t blame the Aztecs’ 30-27 loss to Wyoming on Ronnie Hillman. He finished with 224 yards rushing, 81 receiving and three total touchdowns including a 99-yarder.

4. Patrick Edwards

To quote Billy Madison, “It takes two to tango…or something like that.” Case Keenum’s nine touchdown showing needed a dance partner, and Patrick Edwards caught five of them.

5. Brett Smith

SDSU’s defense adjusted in the second half, but not before true freshman Brett Smith rushed for two touchdowns and passed one.


Case Keenum: 50 points (10)

Patrick Edwards: 26 points

Brett Smith: 16 points

Ronnie Hillman: 14 points

Vinny Curry: 9 points

AJ Graham: 6 points

Willie Carter: 5 points

Jordan White: 5 points

Tyler Smith: 3 points

Ryan Aplin: 3 points

Alonzo Harris: 2 points

Mark Lampford: 1 point

Zac Dysert: 1 point

COMPLETE STANDINGS through nine weeks

1. Case Keenum, 229 points

2. Kellen Moore, 180 points

3. Ronnie Hillman, 106 points

4. Bernard Pierce, 83 points

5. Bryant Moniz, 72 points

6. T.Y. Hilton, 63 points

7. Chandler Harnish, 58 points

8. Alex Carder, 43 points

9. Jordan White, 40 points

10. Bobby Rainey, 33 points

11. Vinny Curry, 30 points

12. Dominique Davis, 28 points

13. Two tied with 26 points

Austin Davis
Patrick Edwards

15. Chuckie Keeton, 22 points

16. Branden Oliver, 21 points

17. Two tied with 19 points
J.J. McDermott
Kriss Proctor

19. Two tied with 17 points
Casey Pachall
Eric Page

20. Two tied with 16 points
Rishard Matthews
Brett Smith

22. Royce Pollard, 15 points

23. David Blackburn, 11 points

24. Three tied with 10 points
Ryan Aplin
Nordly Capi
Joe Banyard

27. Two tied with 9 points
Doug Martin
Lance Dunbar

30. Three tied with 8 points
Ryan Lindley
Ryan Griffin
Matt Christian

33. Three tied with 7 points
Quinton Patton
Mike Ball
Zac Dysert

36. Four tied with 6 points
A.J. Graham
Travis Johnson
Ja’Terian Douglas
Deon Long

40. Seven tied with 5 points
Willie Carter
Josh Jarboe
Tyler Tettleton
Shane McClellin
Zach Line
Bryann Harvey
Chazz Anderson

47. Two tied with 4 points
Bradley Rutley
Blaine Gautier

49. 12 tied with 3 points

Tyler White
GJ Kinne
Vernon Frazier
Cole Beasley
Brady Amack
Darius Johnson
Shaquil Barrett
Eugene Cooper
Robbie Rouse
Dwight Bentley
Andrew Manley
Corey Robinson

60. 15 tied with 2 points

Alonzo Harris
Lavonn Brazill
Tavarese Maye
Charles Sims
Kendrick Hardy
Morgan Williams
Riley Nelson
Derek Carr
Keith Wenning
Korey Jones
Trent Steelman
Tyron Carrier
Matt Schilz
Logan Harrell
Lance Lewis

74. 17 tied with 1 point

Mark Lampford
Cody Fajardo
Ryan Radcliff
Cody Hoffman
Morgan Williams
Xavier Rush
Josh Howell
Tim Cornett
Khalil Mack
Julius Warmsley
Kyle Van Noy
Greg Irvin
Willie Snead
Tyle Shoemaker
Dominique White
Raymond Maples
Tim Jefferson